We’re coming up to the second half of the summer and the kids might start to complain about being bored. So what do you do about that? While summer vacations are a great thing to occupy some time, as is heading off to camp for a week, that still leaves quite a few weeks to fill and if you let them they will try to fill it with TV and video games and still claim boredom. How do you combat that without somehow taking up all of your day as well?
How about sitting down and brainstorming a checklist of things to do, which is mostly things they can do on their own.
Not only is a checklist a great way to keep track of activities they enjoy, and what they have done over the summer for that inevitable question when they get back to school in September, but it also gives them something to accomplish.
Such a list might include things like:
- Ride a bike
- Build something out of Lego (Perhaps even decide the something!)
- Run through the sprinkler
- Swim in a pool
- Play in a park
- Do a handstand
- Have a popsicle
- Hold a staring contest
- Play hide and seek
- Build a pillow and blanket fort
- Visit and spend time in a forest.
- Pick a wild flower.
- Read under a tree.
Some of these items will require supervision or having others around. But your list can be directed in a way that best suits your availability and your child’s companions.
While you are writing your list perhaps consider adding in a few activities that will require more direct involvement or even planning with larger groups.
- Hold a sleep over
- Go to a theme park
- Go to the Zoo
- Visit a Museum
- Go pick fruit or vegetables
- Have a campfire/Go camping.
If you are having trouble coming up with items for your list, there are completed lists available such as this one on CBC which was the inspiration for this idea.
How ever you spend it, with predetermined lists or creating your own, make this summer one to enjoy and remember.